Territories / Spaces / Environments

University of Geissen
October 2016

Territories / Spaces / Environments considers dynamics of place and displacement in indigeneity, with special attention to how traditional conceptions of territory interact with abstract notions of space and with highly contested, often transnationally scaled conceptions of environment.



13 Nov | Arrival PhD students

20:00 Informal Dinner at Gianoli, Plockstraße 7, Giessen

14 Nov  | Workshop Part I

10:00 – 18:00 Individual Coaching Sessions, Martin Zierold (Karlshochschule Karlsruhe), R. 007 (GCSC building)

18:00 – 18:15 Welcome Address, Michael Basseler (GCSC), R. 001 (GCSC building)

18:15 – 19:15 “Concepts and Concerns in the Study of Culture: Some Reflections on ‘Indigeneity in an Expanded Field”, Ansgar Nünning and Andreas Langenohl (JLU/GCSC Giessen), R. 001 (GCSC building)

20:00 – 22:00 Dinner at Dachcafé, Ludwigsplatz 11, Giessen

15 Nov |  Conference

08:15 Transfer to Rauischholzhausen (RHH), Pick-up at Hotel Tandreas

09:00 – 09:30 Small breakfast

09:30 – 10:30 Julian Reid, “The Indigenous Subject: Dispossessed, Perseverant, Resilient“ (Moderation: Michael Basseler)

10:30 – 12:00 Panel 1: Belonging (Chair: NN)

“Belonging in the Pampas: Haunted Landscapes, Indigenous Exclusion, and Ecological Imperialism in Argentina,” Rachel Cypher (University of California Santa Cruz)

“Coming home to whose place? Indigeneity, autochthony and the repatriation of

ancestral remains,” Alexandra Roginski (Australian National University, Canberra)

“Continuity and Change: Locating the Dynamic?”, Lara Ghisleni (University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee)

12:15 – 13:15 Lunch

13:15 – 14:00 Check-In & Short walk in the castle garden

14:00 – 15:00 “Political Subjectivity and Transversal Mourning,” Encarnación Gutiérrez-Rodríguez (JLU Giessen) Comments by Sebastian Garbe & Andrea Sempertegui (GCSC) (Moderation: Aneesh Aneesh, UWM)

15:00 – 16:00 Panel 2: Travelling (Chair: NN)

“‘In the Alps, one can be further from Europe than on a South Sea Island:’ Travelling Concepts in Canadian and Austrian Mountain Literature, Eva-Maria Müller (GCSC, Giessen)

“Imagined Spaces: Nineteenth-century Iranian Travelers to Europe and the Formation of New Spatial Knowledge,”, Ashkan Rezvani-Naraghi (University of


16:00 – 16:30 Coffee break

16:30 – 18:00 Panel 3: Representation (Chair: Glory Lueong, GCSC)

“Ordering Time, Contesting Representation in Ancient to Contemporary Maya Visual Culture”, Diana C. Rose (University of California Santa Cruz)

“Blackfellas and Whitefellas? Exploring Indigeneity at the Governor’s Annual Native Feast near Sydney, 1816-1834”, Annemarie McLaren (Australian National University, Canberra)

“Fictional Texts as Territories Which (Re)Define Indigeneity: The Case of Chinua Achebe’s Early Novels”, Snežana Vuletić (GCSC, Giessen)

18:30 – 19:30 Dinner

20:00 – 21:00 Stephen Slemon & Zac Robinson, title tba
(Moderation: Richard Grusin)

21:00 Wine Cellar

16 Nov Workshop Part 2

09:00 – 10:30 Publication in On_Culture (Moderation: Ingo Berensmeyer)

Introduction to On_Culture, Jens Kugele and Simon Ottersbach (GCSC)

Comments and Observations by Sylvia Miller (Duke / CHCI)

“Etched in Bone: Exploring the Impact of a Twentieth-Century Expedition in Northern Australia”, Martin Thomas (ANU)

10:30 – 10:45 Coffee

10:45 – 12:00 Writing Workshop

12:00 – 13:00 Lunch

13:15 Transfer to Marburg

14:00 – 15:00 Marburg historic center tour

15:15 – 18:30 Workshops and Talks on European Perspectives on Indigeneity at Herder Institute for Historical Research on East Central Europe & The Indigenous and the Authentic – the Imagination of National Fringes in East Central Europe,”Peter Haslinger (Director, Herder Institute)

“Indigeneity on Display – Experiences en route to the Humboldt-Forum”, Andrea Scholz (Ethnological Museum Berlin, Humboldt-Lab Dahlem), Comments by Katja Wehde (GCSC)

Short tour of the Herder Institute’s archives

19:00 – 22:00 Dinner and Drinks at Bückingsgarten, Marburg

22:00 Transfer to RHH

17 Nov Workshop Part 3

9:30 – 10:30 Panel with 4-minute presentations by IGHERT doctoral students (video-taped)

10:30 – 10:45 Coffee

10:45 – 11:45 Debrief/Wrap-Up

12:00 Lunch

13:15 Departure

14:00 Arrival Giessen station